Best Game Boy Emulators for Android (and how to use them!)

With all the Pokemon Go hype floating around, it was hard not to look for my old Game Boy and start up Pokemon Silver for some classic nostalgia. While the Game Boy is nice and made me feel 9 years old again, it was far more convenient having my old games readily available on my phone. Keep in mind that these emulators work only on Android. For iPhone and iOS, you will need to jailbreak your device to enable these features. But, since iPhones suck and Androids are the best,…

Magnets, how do they work?

This is probably what you were expecting, given the title – but too bad because this post is about science and, therefore, way cooler. Welding is a science on its own. Some see it as a mechanical way to connect two existing steel members together while others see it as an art form – and, in many respects, it’s more the latter than the former. Nonetheless, welding steel also means hitting guaranteed roadblocks that can make the process cumbersome and tiring. (If you’re new to welding, or don’t quite know what it…

Just a few million dollars of steel defying gravity

I was fortunate enough to see the U.S. Air Force perform a free airshow at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Nothing says “let freedom ring” like the sound of afterburner thrust and watching a few tons of steel rock the skies. To set the mood right for the photo gallery, I highly recommend playing the video at the bottom of this post in the background as you scroll through the photos:

SpaceX rockets are awesome

Not only is Elon Musk one of my favorite human beings currently alive on this planet, but his engineers also make some really amazing rockets that, I hope, will help in the journey to send a man to Mars. From landing a rocket on a barge out in sea, to playing with their grasshopper rocket, SpaceX is spearheading the drive for science and discovery. Below are a couple of my favorite SpaceX videos.

Paris of the Middle East

Taking a look at these photos makes it hard to imagine that such a beautiful country endured years of civil war and foreign occupation. Beirut, the “Paris of the Middle East” and capitol of Lebanon, is depicted here during its “Golden Era” (1950’s through early 1970’s) before the country fell into turmoil. Fortunately, things have improved and the country’s biggest problem today (besides housing Syrian refugees) is getting its trash taken out – literally. You can read the original, full article here.  

Watch a bridge get built in 4 minutes

The Oakland Bay Bridge, originally built in 1936 by the same general contractor that built the Verrazano Bridge, had one of its spans replaced recently into a cable-stayed bridge. Cable-stayed bridges are becoming a new trend in structural design as more bridge replacement projects (like the new Goethals and Kosciuszko Bridges) are taking on the “fanned” suspension cables over traditional vertical suspensions or trusses that older bridges exhibit. This four minute video shows construction on the Oakland Bay Bridge over a time-lapse using Earthcam.

End of the GOP as we know it

When I reread this post on November 9th, I’ll probably let off a little chuckle as I close my laptop lid and think to myself what a Rand Paul or Bernie Sanders Presidency would have looked like. You can’t seem to find a news outlet this week without seeing Donald Trump’s name advertised in headlines for views or clicks. Listening to the candidates, however, is like hearing a battle cry for survival against the onslaught that is Donald J. Trump. Republican or Democrat, left or right, the presidential campaign focus…

Burning Bridges

Without question, America’s infrastructure is literally crumbling. But it also needs major investments in new construction. John Oliver delivered this unforgettable piece about where funding for American roads and bridges comes from and why politicians are simply failing to provide enough funding. After the 1950’s and President Eisenhower’s major highway investment programs, much of the country’s infrastructure hasn’t changed. In fact, our speeding laws and speeding limits haven’t changed much (if at all) since the 1950’s and 1960’s. Civil engineers have since developed new and innovative ways to build highways that…